Kate Goldsworthy was invited recently to give evidence at the Environmental Audit Committee’s inquiry into ‘Growing a Circular Economy’. Other witnesses called at the meeting included Professor Rob Holdway, Director, Giraffe Innovation Ltd; Sophie Thomas, Director, The Great Recovery, RSA; Ramon Arratia, Sustainability Director, Interface Carpets; Matthew Bulley, Managing Director, Caterpillar Remanufacturing; and Mike Barry, Director of Sustainable Business, Marks & Spencer.
In recent years, there has been a growing discussion of resource efficiency, the ‘circular economy’ and the economic and environmental benefits of maximising the value of resources beyond the life of a product. The Environmental Audit Committee aims to examine the issues surrounding building a circular economy, building a case for transforming the approach to waste, and growing a ‘circular economy’
▪ The potential economic value of resources contained in ‘waste’
▪ The key domestic and international links and resource value chains
▪ The environmental benefits of the circular economy (including design to reduce, re-use, repair/remanufacture and recycling or composting)
▪ The potential benefits of alternative business models, including leasing and design for re-use
▪ The barriers to ‘circular’ business models
Written evidence can be accessed through the committee’s website.
The full transcript of the session can be seen here.